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157 Station Platform

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Production:  1952 - 1955 & 1958

History
The 157 Station Platform is a replica of a typical rural train station seen in America during the 1930s or 1940s. It's compact size, simply design and realistic appearance has kept this accessory a popular item since its introduction.

The 157 Station Platform is identical in size to the earlier 156 station platform -- the only difference being the material used for the station. The 157 stations used a less expensive injection-molded plastic compared to bakelite used on the 156 stations.

For a small accessory, this station has several nice features. The station is illuminated with two lights tucked under the roof, a picket fence between the roof posts -- which are fragile and usually found broken or damaged -- and four metal advertising signs. Locating any 157 with a complete picket fence and intact signs can be a challenging task.

Features
The 157 Passenger Station contains the following features: plastic molded roof and base, three black roof support posts, two lights under the roof, two black plastic picket fence sections and four metal signs.

The roof of the 157 station was alway molded in green. The base of the station was produced in either maroon or red. The maroon-based version was produced between 1952 and 1955. Experienced collectors believe the red base version was only manufactured in 1958 and excess inventory was catalogued and sold in 1959.

As for the metal advertising signs, there are at least 11 different advertisers, none being rare, but some are harder to locate compared to others. Examples of advertisers include:

  • Baby Ruth Candy
  • Airex
  • Rival Dog Food (multiple styles available)
  • Campbell Soups
  • Gulf Gasoline
  • Sunoco Gas & Oil

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The approximate size of this station is 3.25" wide by 12" long by 5" high.

Maroon Platform - Shown in the photo above - Early production stations (1952 - 1955) have a maroon base. These are easier to locate compared to the later red base version.
Red Platform - When re-introduced in 1958, this later version has a red base and is harder to locate compared to the maroon version.

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